High Country Wedding Guide 2023 Launching January 16!

August 2017

 Image by  Matt Powell Productions  

Image by Matt Powell Productions  

Barefoot, bubbles, and Brown Mountain Beach Resort—need we say more? Those three things, along with the love formed over a five-and-a-half year relationship between Raleigh residents Alex and Tim made their wedding one of our 2017 real-lifer faves. But first, let’s backtrack a bit to their proposal which set the stage for their laidback affair. While Tim had grand plans to execute the proposal of a lifetime (cue a romantic kayak to a remote beach), he found himself thwarted by inclement weather. After many failed attempts, he decided it was now or never and on a whim, got down on bended knee in the middle of their hallway, sweatpants and all. After a resounding yes from Canadian native Alex, the two celebrated in casual style by ordering in Mexican food and toasting from the comforts of their own couch (guacamole, anyone?). To stay true to their adventure-seekin’ personalities, the twosome chose Brown Mountain Beach Resort, a High Country venue that boasts both a sandy shore and a mountain view, the best of both worlds. After spending the wedding morning floating down the creek with family in tow, and sealing the deal under an arbor decorated by greenery, the duo exited their ceremony amidst a shower of bubbles. Thank goodness, Matt Powell Productions was there to capture these sweet candids. Best of luck, dear Alex and Tim!

Photographer: Matt Powell Productions

Venue: Brown Mountain Beach Resort

Planner: Julie Laramie, Brown Mountain Beach Resort

Florals: Garden Gate Downtown

Catering: Lindsay Anderson, Edible Road Trip

Cake: My Local Bakery

Beauty: Haircut 101 (hair); Sharla Bance Makeup Artistry (makeup)

Rentals: Valley Rentals

 Image by  Austen Taylor Photography

Image by Austen Taylor Photography

Pretty in pink is the name of the game this Monday morning and we think you’ll agree with us over here when you scroll through this treasure chest of images shot at Linville Ridge Country Club. Brooke and Jordan’s open-air fête was made even more special because their photographer of choice, Austen Taylor, just happened to be a good pal of both the bride and the groom from college. We adore when friendships come full circle, don’t you? Brooke’s snap decision to keep the ceremony outside despite foreboding clouds proved especially meaningful when the sun made it’s glowing appearance just as she stepped foot (heel!) down the aisle to meet her beloved at the end. Get a load of groomie Jordan’s adorable grin as he locks eyes with her. . . We’re melting over here! After swapping “I dos” amongst their nearest and dearest and against the backdrop of a wooden cross handmade by Jordan’s grandfather, the pair headed to their reception. A gold-flecked cake by Ugga Mugga Bakery adorned with fresh Shady Grove Gardens blooms made the sweetest of statements and wine cork table seatings added the perfect touch of DIY. This is a Big Day worth pinning, from beginning to end. Cheers, lovebirds!

Photographer: Austen Taylor Photography

Venue, Catering: Linville Ridge Country Club

Planner: Kindsay Reeder

Florals: Shady Grove Gardens

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Stationery: Meg Darst

Rentals: Celebrate Rentals

Transportation: Air Haven Limousine

 Image by  Burton Photography

Image by Burton Photography

Dan and Taryn’s love for each other can only be described as otherworldly. These smitten kittens met in Hong Kong, which is miles and miles (and miles and miles) away from Dan’s beloved hometown of Boone. But when it came time for the two lovebirds to get hitched, after a rooftop restaurant proposal at that, Dan knew there was no other place he could imagine it happening than in the High Country where he grew up and where his parents still reside. An especially awesome treats for guests arriving from Hong Kong? Getting married in peak leaf season as those in Hong Kong rarely get to experience the change in seasons. Entrusting all wedding day planning to Elizabeth of Events by Elizabeth Ashley as the couple didn’t fly stateside until the week of the wedding (can you see my sweat beads forming over?), the day turned out even more than either Dan or Taryn (or wedding-goers for that matter) could have ever envisioned. Crimson and powder blue dressed the day in terms of color while a dreamlike mist made the most beautiful backdrop for early-morning images captured by photo maestros Burton Photography. This wedding- stunning, all around. Best of wishes to Taryn and Dan, who welcomed the sweetest baby boy last summer! Congrats!

Photography: Burton Photography

Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue, Catering: Blowing Rock Country Club

Planner: Events by Elizabeth Ashley

Florals: Root & Vine Floral Design

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Stationery: Snow in July Designs

Videographer: Matt Powell Productions

Beauty: Westglow Resort & Spa

Music: The Classic Touch (cocktail hour), Pure Party Band of East Coast Entertainment (reception)

Transportation: Air Haven Limousine

 Image by  Amy Nadine Photography  

Image by Amy Nadine Photography  

There’s something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that makes our hearts go pitter patter. The sweeping vistas, the fresh air, the peace and calm you almost always feel when you approach them. When all of those things are combined with every shade of blue imaginable (think powder, turquoise, and baby blue!) and a local photographer, Amy Nadine, and her love of High Country, you get a true fairytale vision come to life. And let’s not forget those wonderful splashes of copper, a ruffly three-tiered masterpiece of a cake, and those luxe velvety pieces of furniture provided by A Bushel and A Peck Vintage Rentals. For all you brides seeking some added inspiration for your Big Day look no further than this beautifully done styled shoot at Twickenham! Swoon!

Photography: Amy Nadine Photography

Venue: Twickenham House

Florist: Dish Garden Art

Ring/jewelry/table settings: Schiffman’s Jewelers

Hair & Makeup: Karyna Lopez & Jessica Carter

Cake: EZ Sweets

Vintage Rentals: A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals

Stationery & Handwritten Signs: Sweetfeather Studios

Signature Drink: Old Nick Williams Company, Inc


 Image by  Revival Photography  

Image by Revival Photography  

There’s no denying it, dolls. A wedding with a good theme will never, ever get old. Which brings us to Bailey and Robert’s mountainside affair at The Mast Farm Inn, a real-life wedding from the 2017 edition of the High Country Wedding Guide that has us grinning from ear to ear, then and now. This adorable pair (did you see how happy they look!?) met at Appalachian State University while they were in the midst of planning an alternative spring break to Ecuador. It was there, in Ecuador, of all places, where their love for one another truly flourished. So it is fitting that when it came time to plan their wedding with photo pros, Revival Photography, they opted for a vintage travel theme. Get a looksie at those map-inspired invites (how cool!) and their incorporation of globes and old-timey suitcases as wedding decor. It’s personal touches like these that make weddings so memorable and we are so glad that Bailey and Robert stayed true to who they are as a couple. Peggy Mendel, with Pearl’s Garden, took the lead in creating bouquets and boutonnieres that really popped against the natural landscape of the venue and provided some peachy-keen perfection. This wedding is one we just simply can’t stop gushing over! Best wishes to these lovebirds!

Venue: The Mast Farm Inn

Photography: Revival Photography

Planner: Danielle Deschamps, The Mast Farm Inn

Florals: Peggy Mendel, Pearl’s Garden

Catering, Cake: Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn

Bar Service: The Mast Farm Inn

Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar

Rentals: Boone Rent-All